Textron Marine & Land Systems Signs Supply Chain Alliance with Defense Logistics Agency

January 19, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, Jan 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the signing of a Supply Chain Alliance with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land and Maritime based in Columbus, Ohio.

This alliance strengthens the existing relationship between the two organizations and provides various mechanisms to monitor metrics such as on-time delivery, parts usage, administrative process time and product quality. The execution of a Supply Chain Alliance reinforces the intent of both parties to be long-term, reliable suppliers of spare parts in support of the warfighter.

"The relationship between Textron Marine & Land Systems and DLA has been dynamic and dependable," said Textron Marine & Land Systems Director of Life Cycle Support, Quitman Gahagan. "With this alliance in place we formalize our commitment to continuous process and quality improvement and continued success."

Textron Marine & Land Systems has been the largest supplier of spare parts for the M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) since 2003 and continues to deliver high quality and timely parts to DLA facilities across the United States. There are more than 2,500 ASVs in the U.S. Army inventory with a 20-plus year lifecycle that depends on a reliable stream of spare parts and support. As the Original Equipment Manufacturer of the ASV, Textron Marine & Land Systems works cooperatively with DLA to maintain supply chain efficiency, supporting the continued outstanding operational readiness rate of the ASV.

The Supply Chain Alliance was executed by Colonel Ryan B. Kivett, U.S. Army, and Textron Marine & Land Systems' Gahagan during a December signing ceremony at the Textron Marine & Land Systems headquarters in Slidell, Louisiana. This alliance also enables both parties to better support current and future ASV foreign military sales to Iraq, Colombia and others.

"Supply chain logistics is an integral part of our M1117 ASV program," said Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley. "The outstanding readiness rates of the ASV are critical to providing the warfighter with a highly survivable and mobile armored wheeled vehicle for mission success in a wide range of combat roles."

About Textron Marine & Land Systems

Textron Marine & Land Systems specializes in the design, production and support of advanced marine craft, armored combat vehicles, turrets and related subsystems. Through its MillenWorks strategic business, Textron Marine & Land Systems designs and develops advanced mobility solutions for demanding on- and off-road applications. Textron Marine & Land Systems serves military and commercial customers domestically and internationally, and is an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company. More information is available at www.textronmarineandland.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment services, Textron Systems includes AAI Corporation, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at http://www.textron.com.

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